NEW DELHI: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and World No. 8 Prannoy HS will spearhead a strong Indian squad at the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024 slated to be held in Shah Alam, Malaysia from February 13-19.
The team event will be crucial for Indian shuttlers to gain valuable qualification points in the Race to Paris 2024 - Olympic qualification.
The team championships will also mark the comeback of Sindhu, who was out of the international circuit due to a knee injury for almost four months. The 16-year-old senior national champion Anmol Kharb, Badminton Asia Junior Championships medallist Tanvi Sharma and Ashmita Chaliha will provide backup to the former world champion in the women’s singles category.
“With the Olympic games a few months away, this is one of the most important events for our shuttlers considering the Paris Olympic qualification. We have rewarded the senior national champions as well, with call-up for team India. These are very strong Indian sides, who are capable of going all the way and I am sure they will script history at the prestigious team event”, said Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Sanjay Mishra.
Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand, who helped the Indian team clinch a historic bronze medal last year at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023 in Dubai, will contest in women’s doubles. The remaining two pairs include rising duo and Guwahati Masters 2023 champions Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto alongside reigning senior national champions Priya Devi Konjengbam Shruti Mishra. IANS
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